Expansive development around Breslau has a group there looking to put its own land into the mix, with plans for affordable housing and seniors’ living.
Lion’s Mane Ministry, owner of GospelTV, is looking for a mixed-use subdivision on its property at 1700 Kramp Rd.
“We have roughly about 34 acres. And currently we use about five acres for ministry operations and work. But we are now looking at making a development on the land because development has come right next door to us now,” explained president Kunle Oluwojure, referring to the Hopewell Crossings subdivision that borders the organization’s plot of land.
The property not only borders land being developed by Thomasfield Homes, but has proximity to both the Region of Waterloo International Airport and the proposed Metrolinx park-and-ride GO Train station on Greenhouse Road, he noted.
Oluwojure said the first goal is to help with the backlog of affordable housing – the region’s waiting list now amounts to more than 6,000 households. The organization is looking to develop some 600 units in a two-phase plan.
Along with housing, the plan calls for commercial space and a multipurpose complex.
“If you look at the Region of Waterloo, and especially Breslau, there seems to be a lack of places to do programs for the development of coming to Breslau. When I say that, I mean the new development that we have in the Hopewell Creek and… Fountain Street. Everybody in Breslau needs to go to Kitchener or somewhere around to try to get the programs done.”
Oluwojure notes that many of the township’s resources are concentrated in Elmira, so a new space to offer programs would be of use in an expanding community.
“Our plan is to have a multipurpose complex centre within 24 acres that actually addresses the need for those who need a place for a gym, exercise locations, for recreation where the neighborhood can actually have more community-based programs. The one we have in Breslau is great, it’s a nice one, but because of expansion and more requests, the development is moving more towards the [northeast] location,” he said, adding that some 1,000 homes are lined up for the area.
“So, you’re talking about over 4,000 individuals as a family that will be right next door to us. What a better place this will be where they can actually have community-based programs,” said Oluwojure.
“I guess putting up the multipurpose complex is going to help people who need to have access to training rooms, employment programs, a recreational centre for children was the plan we have for that location, and it’s meant to be right within the property that also has the development.”
Development plans have been in the works since 2016, but are still in the early stages of the process with the township. Lion’s Mane have engaged GTA-based Weston Consulting as planners for the project.
“There are high levels of discussions ongoing with the Region of Waterloo and we anticipate to complete the project by 2024 at the earliest,” said Ken Egede, the group’s development executive, in a statement.
“Discussions are ongoing as we work together with the region and township to make Hopewell Crossing, Breslau a thriving community. It is our aim to help build a positive work and family friendly community with green initiatives for years to come,” added Oluwojure
More information about the project can be found online.